Veteran ladies on course to win Essex league

The latest Essex Cross Country league fixture was run in high winds and bitterly cold temperatures on the open plains of Horseheath Point to Point racecourse in Cambridgeshire.

The Veteran lady Harriers clocked up their second consecutive victory to put them well on course to win the league with two fixtures to go.  Aiko Hennington led the charge in 11th spot and was joined in the team by Denise Morley 15th and Annette Oakman 34th. The senior ladies team were fourth overall with Rebecca Cooke having a good run in 19th spot.

The up and coming under 15 girls ran well with Milly Presland an excellent 4th, followed home by Madeleine Claydon 20th, Missy Buxton 37th and Emily Henderson 40th.  Alice Begg and Harrison Leek were only under 13 athletes for the green vests, Alice finishing in 28th position with Harrison 41st in the boys race.

The under 17 mens race saw fine runs by Danny Millward 3rd and Thomas Palmer 6th.

The senior men did well to come fifth with the impressive Ramadam Osman 5th, although not at his best.  Ultra man Nathan Filer was 25th, with the six man team being completed by Allen Smalls 35th (1st Vet 50), Tom Cresswell 45th, Gavin Scanlon 49th, and Doug McGillivray 55th. The rest of the Harriers were Mikey Smith 58th, Pete West 79th, James Waterson 115th and Simon Morgan 131st.

Wayne Cook finished 10th in the Bury St Edmunds 20 mile Forest Trail event in 2 hours 37 minutes.

Park run news

The Harwich Park run was extremely windy but Alex Sales coasted along the seafront to win in 18m 35s, while Charlie Holohan incredibly given the conditions was 3rd in a personal best 19m 56s.  David Wright was 8th in 20m 54s with James Platt 23m 35s and Keiron Callaghan 24m 44s.

Laura Shewbridge, although just back from injury, ran to victory at Colchester Castle Park run in 19m 47s.   Jordi Moat was 3rd lady in 22m 12s just pipping team mate Alexandria Hennessy 22m 13s.  For the Men Fergus Crouch was runner up in 18m 17s, with Dominic Nicejewski 6th in 19m 38s and Jerry Walder 7th 19m 43s.  Simon Ford ran a personal best 19m 58s with other good times coming from Adam Gerrish 20m 33s, Richard Millward 20m 34s, Nicholas Kricka 21m 13s and Danny Wilkinson 21m 34s.

Rachel Richardson-Wright was 50th in the Mannhelm park run held in Frankfurt, Germany.